Allied Warships

HMS Antenor (F 21)

Armed Merchant Cruiser

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 21 
Built byPalmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd (Jarrow-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched30 Sep 1924 
Commissioned7 Nov 1939 
End service31 Oct 1941 

On 13 September 1939 the passenger ship Antenor of the Alfred Holt & Co, Liverpool was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 7 November 1939.

Displacement: 11174 BRT
Armament: 6x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 15 knots

January 40 - April 40: Mediterranean Fleet
May 40 - October 41: East Indies Station

On 31 October 1941 returned and used as troopship by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).


Commands listed for HMS Antenor (F 21)

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1Capt. (retired) Arthur Bannatyne Arnold Baker, DSO, RN30 Aug 193931 Dec 1939
2Cdr. Gilbert Palmer Claridge, RN31 Dec 193910 Jan 1940
3Capt. (retired) Donald Irvine McGillewie, RN10 Jan 1940late 1941

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Notable events involving Antenor include:

31 Dec 1939
Capt A B A Baker was CO 30/8/39-31/12/39 : Capt G P Claridge 31/12/39-10/1/40 : Capt D I mcGillewie 10/1/40-1/12/41 (1)


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